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Goal kicks in America

In the 1970s, a US football league starring Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer briefly shone, then failed. Ian Plenderleith’s new book, Rock 'n' Roll Soccer, explains the multi-layered legacy of the unique and fascinating North American Soccer League. Read more
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Shocking Brazil

Fernando Duarte's book Shocking Brazil chronicles six crucial defeats suffered by the Brazillian national team. After last night's game, he's hard at work on another chapter. In the meantime, enjoy this extended extract where he all but predicts that a crushing defeat was on the horizon. Read more
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Nowhere Men are people too

We spoke to Michael Calvin, author of this year's Times Sports Book of the Year award about his compassionate look at the lives of football's talent spotters - The Nowhere Men. Read more

The Immortal George Best

Today, on the fiftieth anniversary of George Best's Manchester United debut, Duncan Hamilton asks exactly why his life took such a tragic path... Read more